DeMar DeRozan is five chapters into Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***. The self-help book posits that the secret to improving your life is not relentless positivity, but rather … well, you read the title. This might seem like an odd choice for the Toronto Raptors guard. Throughout his nine years in the NBA, DeRozan has always seemed to care. He cares about refining his game. He cares about the city of Toronto. He cares about being overlooked, having made an almost annual ritual out of responding to Sports Illustrated's top 100 player rankings. In Manson's book, though, he has found insight that applies directly to his job. "It just shows you all the successful people in the world are successful because they didn't give a f---," DeRozan told CBS Sports. "Not in a malicious way, but more so taking risks, being OK with failing. Not giving a f--- about failing. And with that comes success, because you're not scared to fail." The book is about focusing on what truly matters and ignoring everything else. It encourages readers to be aware of their shortcomings and confront them honestly. In his ninth year, DeRozan has done this: he has attempted 6.9 midrange shots a game, down from 10.1, and he has attempted 3.3 3-pointers a game, up from 1.7, while averaging a career-high 5.2 assists. While his 33-percent mark won't land him in this month's 3-point contest, he opened eyes around the league when he shot a combined 10 for 17 from deep against the Bucks and Bulls at the beginning of the calendar year, scoring a franchise-record 52 points in Milwaukee. He went 1-for-6 from deep in each of his last two games, but will keep firing away. "DeMar is a sniper now," Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said. "He's a shooter now. When you refer to DeMar, call him Shooter." As part of Toronto's reinvention on offense, DeRozan knew his usage rate, minutes and shot attempts would drop. He embraced this and became more efficient than ever. This happened after three All-Star berths, two gold medals and one trip to the conference finals, all accomplishments that critics thought would be impossible without DeRozan significantly changing his game.
Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan shares secret to career season: Not giving a f---
CBS Sports | Feb 1